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Transfer news and gossip: Liverpool star facing jail sentence, Arsenal plan double January swoop, Man United scouting Lille ace

Here’s a round-up of the latest news and rumours in Thursday’s national newspapers and online…

Liverpool and Manchester City have joined Manchester United, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain in tracking 21-year-old Brazilian attacker Lucas Paquet. (Le10 Sport)

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is planning to raid former club Sevilla for 30-year-old midfielder Ever Banega. The Argentine has an £18m release clause in his contract with the LaLiga side. (The Sun)

The Gunners new head of football Raul Sanllehi is also reportedly keen on signing Argentina winger Cristian Pavon, 22, from Boca Juniors – FULL STORY

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed he remains keen on bringing Monaco ace Keita Balde to the club. The 23-year-old forward is currently on loan at Inter Milan. (Calciomercato)

Man United have sent scouts to watch 23-year-old Lille winger Nicolas Pepe in action. The Red Devils’ interest comes after Southampton failed with a bid for the Ivorian in the summer. (Telefoot)

England striker Marcus Rashford is receiving extra coaching sessions from United team-mate Romelu Lukaku. The 25-year-old Belgian is said to be running attacking drills with Rashford after regular club training. (Metro)

22-year-old Cristian Pavon is on Arsenal’s radar

Chelsea winger Willian says he never planned on leaving Stamford Bridge this summer, despite interest from Manchester United and Barcelona. (Daily Express)

Aston Villa and Watford are both considering summer moves for out-of-favour Chelsea defender Gary Cahill. The 32-year-old England centre-back’s contract is up at the end of the season. (La Gazette des Transferts)

Liverpool star James Milner has revealed he was banned from wearing red shirts as a kid because of his Leeds United-supporting father’s hatred for Manchester United. (FourFourTwo)

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren could face up to five years in jail after he was charged with perjury in his native Croatia, but the 29-year-old World Cup finalist denies the charges. (The Guardian)

Cristiano Ronaldo has conceded it will be “difficult” for his eight-year-old son to be better than him at football. Cristiano Jr currently plays for Juventus’ academy following his father’s move to Turin this summer. (The Sun)

Cristiano Ronaldo’s son practicing dad’s famous free-kick technique as Rio Ferdinand granted access for Nike special
Cristiano Ronaldo Jr has a lot to live up to…

Former Liverpool defender and current Wolves captain Conor Coady could get an England call-up from Gareth Southgate. (Daily Mirror)

England boss Southgate also sent assistant Steve Holland to watch Jack Grealish in Aston Villa’s victory over Rotherham on Tuesday, as he considers calling up the 23-year-old. (Birmingham Mail)

The son of former Manchester City, Chelsea and England winger Shaun Wright-Phillips trained with City’s first team before their Champions League game against with Lyon. 16-year-old D’Margio Wright-Phillips is also a winger and plays for City’s Under-18 side. (Daily Mail)

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Mohamed Salah’s poor start to the season has ‘gone under the radar’ due to Liverpool’s 100 per cent start to the season and the constant focus on Harry Kane’s dry spell for Tottenham , says Tony Cascarino

Neymar wouldn’t get in the Liverpool team under Jurgen Klopp, claims John Barnes

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge ‘would get in any team’ based on his performance against Paris Saint-Germain, says John Barnes

Liverpool’s unsung hero Georginio Wijnaldum has been hailed as the club’s ‘best midfielder in the last four or five months’ by John Barnes

Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are on alert after Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic was told he would not be getting a new contract

Hatem Ben Arfa rejected an offer to join West Ham before signing for Rennes this summer

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‘Can we sign him in January please?’ – These Reds fans want Liverpool to move for Lyon’s Nabil Fekir again after Champions League goal v Manchester City

Alarm bells are ringing for Manchester City as they find themselves 2-0 down against Lyon in their Champions League opener at the Etihad Stadium.

Goals from Maxwel Cornet and Nabil Fekir have given the French side a dream start against one of the favourites to win the competition.

Fekir provided the assist for Lyon’s first goal

The second goalscorer will be a familiar name to Liverpool fans as Fekir looked set for a move to Anfield last summer only for a deal to collapse at the last moment, reportedly due to a recurring knee injury.

However, his knees looked in perfectly good nick when he fired home Lyon’s second, as one Reds fan pointed out on Twitter.

Below you can see some of the best tweets from these Kopites on Twitter demanding the club to make an approach for Fekir in the future.

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Arsenal transfer news: Boca Juniors and Argentina forward Cristian Pavon still on Gunners wishlist

Cristian Pavon is still a top transfer target for Arsenal and the club could move for the forward in January, according to reports.

The 22-year-old enjoyed a terrific campaign with Boca Juniors last time out, scoring six times and registering 11 assists.

Pavon chats to Argentina captain Lionel Messi before they faced France at the World Cup

He was rewarded with a call-up to the Argentina World Cup squad, making four appearances for his country in Russia.

The departure of Ivan Gazidis to AC Milan has caused a shake-up at the Emirates, but it is understood Pavon remains a top priority.

Despite signing a new contract with the Argentinean side, a €50million (£44million) buy-out clause was inserted to ward off competition for his signature.

However, according to the Daily Mail, this has not deterred Arsenal who could make a move in January.

The 22-year-old takes on Colombia in the recent international break

Boca President Daniel Angelici recently told TeamTalk a deal will only be done if it satisfies all parties.

He said: “Pavon stays, signed for four more years. The clause is 50 million euros, which was what we wanted to be calm. We wanted to sell it when we understood that it was the necessary moment (sic).”

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Over To You Ronaldo

The Champions League was well and truly back with a bang last night, we had last turnarounds thanks to Inter Milan, last gap victories thanks to Roberto Firmino (£4.39) at Anfield and of course a masterclass from Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (£12.64) who struck his eighth hat-trick in European competition. Which as ever begs the question, […]

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Wednesday 19th September 2018

Here are today’s eligible fixtures: Champions League Group E: Ajax v AEK Athens | 17:55 Benfica v Bayern | 20:00 Group F: Shakhtar v Hoffenheim | 17:55 Man City v Lyon | 20:00 Group G: Real Madrid v Roma | 20:00 Viktoria Plzen v CSKA Moscow | 20:00 Group H: Young Boys v Man Utd […]

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Transfer news and gossip: Man United target £35m-rated Brazilian ace, Tottenham track Ajax star, Sterling contract update

Here’s a round-up of the latest news and rumours in Wednesday’s national newspapers and online…

Speculation over Raheem Sterling’s future at Manchester City continues to dominate the back pages, with reports now claiming the club aim to begin negotiations over a new contract this month.

It is said the England international’s representatives have not yet met with the club hierarchy, but the Premier League champions appear to want to keep the 23-year-old at the Etihad long term and hope to extend his contract beyond 2020. (The Sun)

Manchester United have set their sights on bringing £35m-rated Brazilian attacker Lucas Paqueta to Old Trafford, although Paris Saint-Germain are also tracking the 21-year-old Flamengo ace. (Daily Mirror)

Burnley have suffered a blow in their pursuit of striker Jay Rodriguez, after West Brom rejected their opening bid of £13million for the 29-year-old. (The Sun)

Manchester United are plotting a move for Brazilian star Lucas Paqueta

There are also questions over David de Gea’s future at Manchester United, amid reports the goalkeeper turned down the club’s latest offer of a new long-term contract.

But the Spain No.1 – who is out of contract next summer – has insisted he is happy to remain at Old Trafford. (The Guardian)

Tottenham are tracking 21-year-old Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek, according to reports. Having already been impressed with the talent from the Dutch side, it looks as though Spurs will once again turn to their tried-and-tested method of bringing in new talent from Europe. (The Sun)

The agent of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has criticised Germany’s Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos over comments they made about the playmaker’s decision to quit Die Mannschaft. (The Guardian)

Could Donny van de Beek follow in Christian Eriksen’s footsteps by leaving Ajax for Spurs?

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has branded Antoine Griezmann ‘ignorant’ after the French World Cup winner said he was “eating at the same table” as global stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi(Daily Mail)

England boss Gareth Southgate went to watch Derby’s home match against Blackburn Rovers in the Championship on Tuesday night, instead of Liverpool’s Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain. (The Times)

And the latest twist in Tottenham’s new stadium saga…

MK Dons fans have been offered the chance to buy tickets for Tottenham v Watford in the EFL Cup, which is being staged at their ground, as Spurs are reportedly struggling to sell them to their own supporters. (Daily Mail)

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West Ham transfer news: Hatem Ben Arfa ‘rejected offer to join Hammers’ during summer transfer window

Hatem Ben Arfa rejected an offer to join West Ham before signing for Rennes this summer.

Ben Arfa, the attacking midfielder, was a free agent from the end of June after his contract with Paris Saint-Germain expired.

The former France international held talks with a number of clubs as he assessed his options, before eventually joining Rennes at the start of September.

Ben Arfa penned a two-year deal with the French club but, according to Telefoot, he also had an offer on the table to return to the Premier League.

It is reported that West Ham offered the 31-year-old a move to the London Stadium, but he snubbed the proposal to remain in his homeland.

Ben Arfa has experience of the Premier League after stints in England’s top flight with both Newcastle and Hull.

The versatile midfielder has not yet appeared for Rennes since completing his move to Roazhon Park earlier this month.

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Ivan Rakitic contract news ramps up transfer interest from Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City on alert

Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are on alert after Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic was told he would not be getting a new contract.

The Croatia international had asked for a new deal, having impressed at the World Cup where he played in the side that reached the final.

Rakitic was part of the beaten Croatian team at the World Cup

The 30-year-old’s current deal expires in June 2021, but ha had been hoping for an extension, plus a pay rise.

However, Rakitic has now been told he will have to wait until at least next season before any new contract.

“For this campaign, we will not be able to go through with the gesture that Rakitic is asking of us,” Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu told Onda Cero.

“Next season we can look at it in relation to our new revenue.”

Rakitic has been at Barcelona since 2014
That news will be of great interest to the Premier League heavyweights, who have all shown interest in him previously.

The trio now seemingly have a chance of luring the midfielder to England in January if they can offer him the money he wants.

Rakitic, though, is also on Paris Saint-Germain’s radar; the French side having enquired about him during the summer.

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Spanish Teams in the Champions League

Champions League football is back. La Liga has started at breakneck speed, as some of last season’s top six struggle to put together a run of positive form, and yet their reward from last campaign is an instalment of further fixtures in an already busy period. If we are yet to the see the best […]

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Can Tottenham Overcome Crazy Inter?

“Coraggio Pazza Inter”, read the headline on Tuesday morning’s famous pink Italian sports newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, translating into English as “Have courage, crazy Inter”. The words of encouragement were ahead of the Milanese side’s Champions League fixture versus Tottenham, due to be played at their magnificent San Siro stadium that evening. Perhaps those […]

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